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Home Control Assistant Newsletter for May 29 2022

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.
New Mobile Apps

Periodically both Apple and Google make changes to their mobile operating systems and in some cases apps have to be modified to work with those changes. Since there are both old and new devices in the field, sometimes Google and Apple make it necessary for apps, even if no functional changes are made, to be updated when support for older OS versions are dropped. 

At this time there are no functional changes to the HCA app but it has been updated so that it will continue working today and into the near future. With the closing down of HCA I wanted to try and ensure that the mobile app keeps working during the next two years of the shutdown timeline. To do this I had my app contractor "refresh" the app and make any change needed to support the latest version of the Android (Google) and iOS (apple) operating systems.

Your mobile device may have already automatically updated or, if you have automatic updates disabled, you can manually update to the latest app version by going to the Google App Store or Apple App Store.
 
If you are using HCA with UPB devices and also use Google Assistant or Alexa for voice control of them, please drop me a note as there are some developments you may be interested in.
If you are using a version of HCA prior to version 17, you may have questions about the wisdom of upgrading to version 17 given the future of HCA. Here is something to consider:

The support policy for older HCA versions has been changed
 as I can no longer devote time to past version users. Support will only be available for HCA 17 users.

If you are on version 16 or earlier and want to continue using the cloud features and want to be assured that if you have a question that it gets answered, it is indeed time to upgrade.

HCA is fully operational for several more years so the update cost, spread out over that time, is very little. Knowing support is available when you need it is worth it.
Upgrade to HCA 17
Anyone who is using Hubitat with HCA – not SmartThings – please drop me a note as I would like to add you to a discussion list for those users. I have some Hubitat ideas that I would like to “kick around” and it would help to have a group of users who have experience with Hubitat. Please just send a note to the regular support address saying you would like to be added to that discussion list.
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